SPORT & EXERCISE ENEWS Your weekly round-up 10/02/17

Another Fantastic week for Sport & Exercise and Sport at Edinburgh!

Read on for news from Google Headquarters, another brilliant Climbing Night, upcoming projects and events, BUCS success and much more!

From Jim

Google this....

Jim, Cam, Chris and Claire joined our fitness kit supplier Precor to visit the Google offices in London ~ this was to look the newly corporate gym facility, but more, to find more about the new EXOS software solution, which Precor now partner. This is a integrated fitness management platform, from personal being to performance sport. It was an interesting overview, including live chat with EXOS’s people in Chicago, and worthy of more consideration.

However, what struck us more was the jaw-droppingly impressive surrounds enjoyed by Google staff, which are truly inspirational, including free restaurants gym (offering panoramic views of London), meditation room, spin studio, totally insulated music room, massage room, integrated break-out spaces, play-room, teaching kitchen, and more besides ~ this offers their staff a wonderful and inspiring work setting (though they didn’t seem too happy ~ not like us!!).

We move on to the Amer (Precor) HQ Offices tomorrow (Ross B joining us) to discuss a range of issues around new kit supplies, linkage to Amer product lines (Wilson; Suunto; Salmon; etc) and joints projects for the year ahead. Better never stops!!

By Jim

Highlight of the week goes to the Carnival Climbing Comp at the Wall! We had a huge 73 people attend, a few even got dressed up too! The evening was buzzing and we had positive feedback too! Of course, the pizzas went down a storm as well as the top prize of a white water rafting experience!!

There is a lot of prep work that goes into the success of the these events, so I wanted to thank the whole team for their efforts, but give a specific mention to Liam Knapper. Liam managed the preparation on the lead up to the Comp and the setting on the day impeccably! Well done mate!

Roll on the next and final Comp of the academic year – Monday 6th March… it’ll be PUNbelievable, I’m sure!!!

By Gerry

Ross's shorts went down a storm

Project Easter Bush

A small team from Sport & Exercise received exclusive access to the ‘Roslin Innovation Centre and Campus Hub’ yesterday, for a grand tour of what will be Sport & Exercise’ very first ‘Satellite’ Gym. Aside from the mud and the cold it was a very worthwhile preview of what is to come, as we begin to take our service and expertise to the wider University reach.

This building will be pivotal in connecting the campus and bringing more service related functions to its community, not to mention being a launch pad for our promotions and campaigns to get more people to Play. Train. Perform.

Easterbush Gym is due to launch from early September 2017, with much more to follow including Group exercise, workshops and Healthy University related activities. For more information on Easterbush and the Centre building please see

By Cam

More BUCS success

This week saw another 2 teams crowned BUCS League Champions in their respective competitions.

Men’s Hockey 1’s won their second consecutive Prem North B title with a 3-2 win over Leeds Beckett and finished 4 points ahead of Loughborough.
  • Badminton 1’s secured the Tier 1 title for the 4th consecutive year with one game to spare.
  • The Hare & Hounds club came back from the BUCS Cross Country with a Women’s team bronze and an individual 6th place for Steph Pennycook.
  • The Archery Club headed south for the BUCS Indoor Archery qualifiers and came back with a huge haul of medals and qualification spots filled for the Finals in Bristol.
We still have another 21 teams in contention to lift their respective league titles over the coming weeks.

The draw for the Championship knockouts is about to come out and we will have plenty of action taking place in Edinburgh, welcoming teams from as far south as Bournemouth. Our Men’s squash 1st team will be heading to Oxford next week to open their campaign.

By Ollie

Events for your diary

We have a number of notable events coming up in the coming days, weeks and months! 

Bow Ball! On Saturday, Jim, Sarah and Claire will be representing Sport & Exercise at the 150th Boat Club Anniversary Bow Ball. Current students will be joined by Alumni (including Dame Katherine Grainger DBE) to celebrate the 150th year of the Boat Club. Congratulations most go to Eleri Connick and Clare O'Brian who are doing a fantastic job bringing the event together for the club.

EISM: We are delighted that we are the principal Sponsor of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet again this year. Taking place from 10th-12th March the athlete line-up is looking fantastic. Watch out for more news on this in the coming weeks!

Caledonia Pride at Pleasance: On 25th March the Pleasance will be hosting the WBBL match between Caledonia Pride & Sheffield Hatters. Thanks to Naomi for leading on the event from our end.

Further ahead: University Dance Performance (the Assembly Roxy, March) Varsity Boat Race (Glasgow, May) Blues and Colours Awards (Playfair Library May),

Player Leggings Studio

You might have noticed some Mannequin legs sporting some funky leggings in Pleasance Reception over the last few days (and Danni and Gillian wearing some around the gym).

This is Stage 1 of us helping Playerlayer increase awareness of their online "Leggings Studio." More news on Stage 2 coming soon!

Find out more at

Sport & Exercise Shorts

‘The WATER study: Which AquaTic ExeRcises work best?’ - Linda Linton from FASIC is presenting at this seminar this week to disseminate the results of the Aquatics Project. Some of the FASIC team will be attending also on Friday

Edinburgh Global - From 8 February 2017, the International Office will be known as Edinburgh Global. The transformation is part of the wider change in direction of the University’s global activities and ambitions to improve and enhance our service delivery, support for our community, and our reputation around the world.

Best of luck goes to Lisa Martin and her Scotland team (including a great many EULRFC members and graduates) as they go into the 2nd round of matches in this year’s six nations rugby internationals ~ they are playing away to France. Allez Scotland!!

Hall of Fame: Principal has just approved two new inductees into our much envied Sports Hall of Fame ~ these will be announced at the Blues & Colours Awards in May. They are corkers!!!!

New additions: On Monday and Tuesday of next week we will be interviewing (respectively) for the Sport & Exercise Medicine Manager’s post at FASIC (2 candidates), and the HR Administrator’s role (maternity cover ~ 5 candidates) ~ both sets of interviews will be staged in the Bell’s Conference Room. Please be aware


Annual Leave Update

Monday 13th: Allan Young, Melissa Steel, Lisa Martin, Jenny Tyler, Adrian MacDonald, Phil Murphy, Stephen Rawlinson

Tuesday 14th: Allan Young, Melissa Steel, Helen Ryall, Ross Brain, Gemma Langlands, Jenny Tyler, Adrian MacDonald, Jade Gilhooly, Stephen Rawlinson

Wednesday 15th: Allan Young, Jade Gilhooly, Stephen Rawlinson

Thursday 16th: Steven Guthrie, Gemma Langlands

Friday 17th: Steven Guthrie, Donna Burnett, Naomi Platt, Gemma Langlands, Fiona Edmond, Treena Shaw, Stephen Rawlinson

Saturday 18th: Andrew Hood

Sunday 19th: Andrew Hood, William Welsh

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